Denis Hogan is normally a brilliant placer of his horses though even he appeared to be caught out when MISSIE ELLA gained a surprise victory at Thurles on Sunday. That was her first start over this sort of trip and with just a 4lb rise she's effectively 5lb well in here and can complete a quick double. Backinthere won a maiden here a month ago but this is much tougher while it's difficult to know whether it's Mackey Boy's turn to put in a decent run or not. Mollys Captain is consistent enough but has had 19 career starts without winning while Robbie McMahon, a dual winner between the flags, looks as though he requires further. Day Dream Boy looks the main threat as he was noted staying on strongly over 2m4f on his handicap debut at Fairyhouse last time.
Bonifacio (IRE) 16-1 (10-6) Always towards rear, 10th of 13, 20l behind Carlowsantana (10-5) at Cork 2m hcp hdl 80-116 sft.
Saddlenomore (IRE) 18-1 (11-9) Always towards rear, 12th of 14, 47l behind Speed Dial (10-1) at Wexford 2m hcp hdl 80-109.
Backinthere (IRE) 9-1 (10-13) Tracked leader, 4th halfway, headway to lead before 2 out, kept on under pressure run-in, held on, won at Limerick 2m 5f mdn hdl hvy in Nov beating Milestone Miss (10-6) by 1/2l, 11 ran.
Mackey Boy (IRE) 5-1 (11-0) Chased leaders, 5th halfway, weakened 4 out, pulled up before 2 out, in a race won by Dont Tell Pa (10-4) at Limerick 2m 2f hcp hdl 80-109 sft in Oct, 16 ran.
Mollys Captain (IRE) 7-2fav (10-12) Soon mid-division, under pressure 5 out, ridden to chase leaders approaching straight, no impression and kept on same pace from before last, 3rd of 14, 6l behind Speed Dial (10-1) at Wexford 2m hcp hdl 80-109.
Robbie McMahon (IRE) 10-1 (11-5) Waited with towards rear, headway to chase leaders and no impression from before last, ran on without threatening, 4th of 20, 9l behind Latin Connection (11-5) at Down Royal 2m 6f hcp hdl 80-102 gs in Nov.
Vincent Row (IRE) 12-1 (11-4) Rear of mid-division, headway into 9th after 4 out, ridden and no impression 3 out, kept on one pace, 6th of 20, 24l behind Tipped Up Harry (11-5) at Cork 2m 4f nov hcp hdl 80-95 sft.
I'lltelimar King (IRE) 14-1 (11-3) Soon led, headed before 4 out, soon no extra, 16th of 20, well behind Latin Connection (11-5) at Down Royal 2m 6f hcp hdl 80-102 gs in Nov.
Whatsthecrack Jack (IRE) 14-1 (11-9) Soon tracked leaders, dropped to moderate 6th and no extra approaching 3 out, 12th of 18, 45l behind Doc Hollywood (11-4) at Thurles 2m hcp hdl 80-95 in Nov.
Dazzlers Day (FR) 14-1 (11-7) Rear of mid-division, ridden along and no extra 4 out, 9th of 14, 45l behind Happy New Year (11-6) at Limerick 2m 5f am hcp hdle 80-95 hvy in Nov.
Missie Ella (IRE) 25-1 (10-1) Led or disputed lead, jumped left, headed after 3 out, soon ridden and rallied to lead again approaching last, kept on well run-in, won at Thurles 2m 6f nov hcp hdl 80-109 hvy beating Brian Who (10-13) by 3 1/2l, 11 ran.
Twelve Gold Bars (IRE) 33-1 (9-12) Waited with towards rear, no danger and kept on from 3 out, 10th of 18, 27l behind First Impressions (11-2) at Limerick 2m 5f hcp hdl 8Evens16 in Jul.
Day Dream Boy (IRE) 20-1 (11-3) Soon mid-division, 10th approaching 4 out, no impression from before straight, kept on, 3rd of 16, 17l behind Dactik (11-1) at Fairyhouse 2m 4f hcp hdl 80-95 in Oct.
Lion Valley (IRE) 20-1 (10-11) Tracked leaders, 4th halfway, ridden and dropped to rear 4 out, no extra and pulled up before next, in a race won by Whiskey And Red (11-8) at Thurles 3m hcp chs 0-102 hvy, 11 ran.
Zero Point Seven (USA) 33-1 (10-13) Towards rear for most, no extra from 3 out, 13th of 14, well behind Doc Hollywood (11-9) at Fairyhouse 2m hcp hdl 80-95 sft in Nov.